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And for a limited time you get a free download of "God's Not Here Tonight" off of BOXERS.

"Hustle Up Starlings" is available for immediate delivery via Bandcamp & a beautiful CD packaging. Produced by Brian Fallon, I still love this collection. Click the cover art to choose the format you prefer.

"Hustle Up Starlings" is available for immediate delivery via Bandcamp & a beautiful CD packaging. Produced by Brian Fallon, I still love this collection. Click the cover art to choose the format you prefer.

"A shimmering wonder of a record"
 
– The Big Takeover

The Summer Kills is a new full-length collaboration I did with Hammock. Our "debut" album, "Last Night We Became Swans", is now available everywhere!

"A shimmering wonder of a record"

– The Big Takeover

The Summer Kills is a new full-length collaboration I did with Hammock. Our "debut" album, "Last Night We Became Swans", is now available everywhere!

"Starlings Unadorned" is now available on CD and digital download exclusively via matthewryanonline.com and my Bandcamp page. It's a collection of acoustic versions of "Starlings" plus some rarities. Just click the artwork above!

"Starlings Unadorned" is now available on CD and digital download exclusively via matthewryanonline.com and my Bandcamp page. It's a collection of acoustic versions of "Starlings" plus some rarities. Just click the artwork above!

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Check out the Tour Dates page! 


Good Morning Everyone, 

So it's my favorite time of year and I'm gonna get to see a bit of the country soon and play some songs. These shows are all gifted with a bunch of friends and special guests, so be sure to go to the website and see who will be joining me on the night near you. I know many of you are wanting me to play your town, and believe me, I want to too. But as I've said before, this is a small operation. I get to keep doing this for a living because I've learned to be very patient and not bite off more than I can chew. So be patient with me. And if you're nearby one of these shows, come out and say hello!  And if you're inclined, please share news of these shows with fellow music lovers.

Can't wait. All the adventure and autumn tuning up. Hope to see you guys!

All dates & info HERE: TOUR PAGE 

Skylight off of Regret Over The Wires 


Throwback Thursday to this song off of Regret Over The Wires. Inspired by the poem of the same title by Seamus Heaney. The song is called Skylight. The album was produced by Doug Lancio, Mark Robertson and myself. It was recorded by Jordan Richter and mixed by David Bianco. I believe that's JJ Johnson playing drums on Skylight along with a drum machine. Mark is playing bass. Doug and Teal on guitars. I handled the synths and various weird sounds, and "sang" obviously. Skylight probably should have opened Regret Over The Wires, it was the main theme. Hope is a violent thing, hope is not some hallmark card of a sublime rainbows. It's the work and war of having every indication that things aren't as they should be, but insisting more and better is possible. Regret Over The Wires like much of my work, starts via the intimacies between (and of) men and women and then leans outward to the themes and impulses that dog our bigger stories, our collective stories. You know what they are, they're in the paper everyday. They're in our feeds and heads, and those strange distances we feel we each other in various situations. The themes and plots we navigate are not new, only the tools have changed. Yes, things, some things, have gotten better. But if you look out upon the landscape and you're troubled by what you see, you have to acknowledge that there's one constant. And that constant is us. We have the strength and guts to lean for the better. There are glowing examples of our victories over darkness and defeat. And yet still there's that nagging impulse. That's what my song Skylight is about. I hope you'll give it a listen. And as always, thank you to ALL that helped me bring and offer such a song to the world. Art is always a collective effort. As is nearly every single thing we do. 

"My head is strong 
My heart is open 
I don't wanna fight 
I don't wanna kill 
But I'm desperate tonight 
If I'm pushed I will 
With hope comes the rent" 

- that's by yours truly 

Here's the great Seamus Heaney poem that pulled this out of me. I'm grateful for that, but suggest no greatness as profound as what Seamus offered: 

http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2003/04/21


CLICK PLAY BELOW TO HEAR SKYLIGHT:

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Until Kingdom Come... 

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone! Here's a video I recorded yesterday in my Writing Room for you guys.  

Here's why I did it: 

"Always feel a little goofy "filming" myself singing one of my songs. But as always the hope is to offer something good and honest to you guys. Yeah I'm reading the lyrics while doing this and still manage to jank-up some of the words. But even with the shifty eyes and the slight discomfort of "being filmed," Until Kingdom Come gets represented alright here. Last night my friend Joe asked me why I hadn't done a video for Kingdom Come yet. And earlier today another friend ask me if I was gonna take part in CXCW this year. So... Two, maybe three birds with one stone...? Hahaha... Hopefully! So here ya go Joe, Dean, CXCW and to anyone else that stumbles upon this.The reason I chose Until Kingdom Come for this St. Patrick's Day video is that it references a song by Ewan MacColl that I was first introduced to by The Pogues, it felt like a natural choice. Besides, it speaks to that great Irish tradition of smart, humorous and joyful melancholy. Hope you enjoy it. 

Can't sing this song without thinking about my great friend John Anderson. Always on my mind, my man."

The video is below, or you can go HERE to view in on Youtube!



Alright. Be safe and have fun out there. More soon!
Matthew Ryan

Stereo Embers Magazine WORLD Premieres We Are Libertines 


We're happy to announce that moments ago Stereo Embers Magazine world premiered our new video for We Are Libertines!

Read the story HERE: http://stereoembersmagazine.com/26458-2/

The video was shot, edited and directed by Jesse Carr. And features my great friends Brian Bequette​ and Clay Steakley​; as well as the amazing Jack Spencer's pick-up truck. It was shot in East Nashville as couple weeks ago. 

Hope you enjoy it. It's quiet and dark. A little creepy.

A genuine thanks to Stereo Embers Magazine (Alex Green​, Dave Cantrell​, Geoffrey Tischman​) for helping us get the word out!